Classic Cameras

9 years 6 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago #51240 by Henry Peach
Anyone else collect classic cameras? I actually don't collect them anymore unless they are really special, because I don't have any more room in my case. :cheer: Some of these don't work, but many still do, and I've tried most of them. A few that were favorites of mine back in my film days are:

Widelux F6 (2nd shelf down in the middle): This is a swing lens panoramic camera. The lens moves in a turrent and takes a 6cm long pano on regular 35mm film. A fun camera that really weirds people out!

Rolleiflex 3.5E Planar (3 cameras to the right of the Widelux): A twin lens reflex camera. This pretty much became my favorite all around film camera. It shoots 12 6x6cm frames on a roll of 120.

Ansco Titan 20 (bottom right): A 6x6cm folder. It also took 12 shots on 120 film. Absolutely no frills, but it folded up and would fit into my pocket like a fat wallet. This was my point-n-shoot camera when i was walking around outdoors in the day.

Super Speed Graphic (not pictured): The 4x5 camera I used for landscape photography. I replaced the standard lens with various ones from Schneider, Fuji, and Nikon.

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9 years 6 months ago #51269 by photobod
Thats some collection, I have never collected anything bur wives the whole of my life, very impressive :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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9 years 6 months ago #51314 by Screamin Scott
A larger collection than what I have, but my wife put her foot down on my collecting several years back.. My collection of lenses is larger than my camera one though.

Scott Ditzel Photography

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9 years 6 months ago #51365 by Zardoz
I am not sure my film camera qualifies for the classic moniker but it is a RB 6X7 I bought in Alaska in 1970.


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9 years 6 months ago #51511 by Henry Peach

Zardoz wrote: I am not sure my film camera qualifies for the classic moniker but it is a RB 6X7 I bought in Alaska in 1970.


I'd call it a classic!

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9 years 6 months ago #51512 by chasrich
Very impressive... I'm going to keep the wife from seeing this. She would be having nightmares... :rofl:

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9 years 6 months ago #51578 by Henry Peach
More than half of these cameras were given to me. Once I got known as being a classic camera collector people started giving me the old cameras they found in their closets, attics, and basements. I had to stop taking Argus Cs and Pentax Spotmatics, because apparently every family has one stashed somewhere. :)

My Dad still calls me up every couple of weeks from a thrift store somewhere to ask me if I want some camera he's found. I almost always say no, although I'm hoping for the big find. I've heard some good stories. Locally I heard of a guy who lent his college age daughter his Leica for her photography class, and she ended up selling "that old camera" for $75 at her sorority's charity rummage sale. Another one is the guy who found a suitcase full of Alpa rangefinders for $15 or something in a thrift store. From the picture of the gear that I saw I think it was worth thousands, maybe over $10K.

My best find was my Rolleiflex mentioned above. I got it at a charity flea market. The guy wanted $150 for it and a bunch of accessories. I didn't know what it was worth, but holding it in my hands I just felt that had to be a good price. I remember asking him if he'd looked on Ebay to see what they were going for. He said he didn't really do the internet. When I got home I looked it up on Ebay, and it was probably worth close to $1000 with the accessories. :woohoo:

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9 years 6 months ago - 9 years 6 months ago #52029 by icepics
I'm drooling... I have quite a few but not that many! I see some in your collection that I have, box Brownies and one of those little Polaroids that spits out postage size pictures. The oldest camera I have is almost 100 years old, a Kodak so-called pocket camera that would fit in the jolly green giant's pocket. Love your stories.

Sharon
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9 years 6 months ago #70073 by icepics
Anyone bought anything vintage lately? I just got a Purma Plus. It has a metal lens cap that unscrews and the lens pops out. Gravity helps operate the shutter - for a slower 1/25 shutter speed it turns one direction vertically and the shutter goes 'uphill'; the camera is held the other way vertically and the shutter moves 'downhill' for 1/500. The camera is held horizontally for 1/125 speed. I got rather fascinated with it - took the back off and watched the shutter at the different speeds; you can feel the weight change for the slower speed particularly.

Sharon
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9 years 6 months ago #70083 by John Landolfi
Dom you ever shoot with yjhe ERxacta, Matt? I used to dream about that camera when I was starting out...


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9 years 6 months ago #70199 by KCook
Always wanted a Rolliflex, but the closest I got was a Mamiya C2 /w WA and a Yashicamat. Both work but I have never run any film through the Yashica.

Kelly Cook

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
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9 years 6 months ago #70341 by Henry Peach

John Landolfi wrote: Dom you ever shoot with yjhe ERxacta, Matt?


I have 3 or 4 35mm Exactas in the collection with an assortment of lenses. I've shot some test rolls, but never used them beyond that. I've never tried the Exacta 66 medium format SLR.

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8 years 8 months ago #214442 by KCook
I finally got around to shooting my TLR cameras. The Mamiyaflex has the 65mm WA on it, I do not have the normal 80mm for that body. (Gotta cobble together a home studio for this stuff someday)



Kelly Cook

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
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8 years 7 months ago #223235 by missminh
Wow! I love your collection! So classic and so elegant! Are they on display??

Minh P. Do

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8 years 7 months ago #223263 by Stealthy Ninja

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